PEOPLE from ethnic minorities in Southampton are urged to find out if they have Type 2 diabetes at a roadshow in the city centre.
Diabetes UK wants people from all backgrounds to get checked out in case they are at risk of contracting the potentially fatal condition today and tomorrow (Tuesday and Wednesday June 23 and 24).
They would particularly like people from ethnic minorities to come forward.
Anyone over 40 and afro-Caribbean, black African, Chinese or South Asian and over 25 is at increased risk of contracting Type 2 diabetes especially those with a family member with the illness.
In the Southampton area there believed to be 2,600 people living with diabetes and don’t know it.
The simple test – which involves a brief questionnaire lasting five to 10 minutes – and advice is available at the roadshow from 9.30am to 4.30pm on both days.
Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK regional manager in the South East, said: “Four out of five of us can make healthy lifestyle changes that will delay or stop us getting Type 2 diabetes, such as eating a healthy diet, taking regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight.
“That’s why we want people in Southampton come aboard and find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes so we support them in making the right choices to improve their health.
“Finding out your risk doesn’t take long, but could be an important first step on the path to a healthier life.”
Anyone who can’t attend the roadshow can take the test online at diabetes.org.uk/knowyourrisk.
For more information visit www.diabetes.org.uk.